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In the recent publication, researchers examine changes in the USDA Forest Service safety culture during the past 100 years. They discuss the engineered solutions used from 1910 through 1994, then interpret safety initiatives of the subsequent twenty-five years, as the Forest Service incorporated social science perspectives into managing workforce safety, understanding emergency fire incidents, and mitigating vulnerabilities across all fields of...
A closeup of a bumble bee on a flower.
Pollinators are declining in the Great Plains of North America. Reduced or degraded grasslands produce fewer flowers, which pollinators need. Pollinator management can provide resources to help pollinators withstand a variety of interacting stressors and concurrently support functioning rangeland ecosystems.
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The Wildfire Risk to Communities website provides a nationwide view of wildfire risk potential, allowing users to see how individual states, counties, or communities compare to others across the country. These maps are powered by datasets developed by RMRS. 
Pump jacks harvest oil and gas resources from grasslands.
Major U.S. energy sources – fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas), biofuels (ethanol), and wind – are concentrated in grassland ecosystems of the Great Plains. This research synthesized potential ecological effects and mitigation opportunities during renewable and non-renewable energy development in the Great Plains.  
A drawing showing people making homes more ignition resistant, reducing fuels, and learning about risks.
In the context of wildfire risk mitigation on private property, we used household survey data on both people’s willingness to take risks across a wide range of activities (for example, driving and financial investments) and how they would rate their property on several measures of wildfire risk (for example, amount of defensible space). We paired these responses with assessments of the same parcels conducted by a wildfire professional, then...
A landscape view of prairie under a stormy sky.
RMRS and partners convened over 200 Great Plains managers, scientists, and stakeholders to identify stressors and resource demands throughout Great Plains grasslands and how to manage them, highlight knowledge gaps and opportunities for co-produced research, and discuss methods for improved collaboration.
A tent with a pinata hanging outside.
The Latinx population is the largest minority population in the United States and is estimated to comprise 28% of the U.S. population by 2050. While research on Latinx outdoor recreation in urban areas and city parks has increased over the past twenty years, research on federal and state public lands such as National Forests and Parks has waned. The results from this study show a shift in Latinx use of federal and state public lands. 
A tent at a campsite with a pinata hung under the rainfly
The Latinx population is the largest minority population in the United States and is estimated to comprise 28% of the U.S. population by 2050. While research on Latinx outdoor recreation in urban areas and city parks has increased over the past twenty years, research on federal and state public lands such as National Forests and Parks has waned. The results from this study show a shift in Latinx use of federal and state public lands. 
 Northeastern California Plateaus Bioregion Science Synthesis Document Cover
The new publication, Northeastern California plateaus bioregion science synthesis (Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-409), has a northeastern California focus on sagebrush rangeland, dry pine forestland, juniper forests, habitat and wildlife, society, and response to disturbances, particularly those related to climate.
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The Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute and Colorado Art Ranch collaborated to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act by hosting artist residencies in six wilderness areas. The result is this body of work that creatively illustrates the value of wild areas and honors the scientific efforts to preserve wilderness for the next fifty years.

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